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As I was working on updates the The Krewe app, I found myself needing to re-implement the Geocoordinate. Before you ask, I'm making a PCL library, and the PCL doesn't have shared version of the object. You can have a GeoCoordinate on the phone, or a Geocoordinate on the desktop or tablet. I figured the object was lightweight enough that it wouldn't ......

Well, it's crunch time. In less than 24 hours, I will begin my 24 hour journey into the world of Extra Life. Sure, there will be good times. I mean, let's face it. I'm going to be playing games for 24 hours. However, when was the last time you did one thing for 24 hours? Imagine the last road trip you took, especially if you were the driver. Sitting ......

I woke up this morning with a very interesting tweet waiting for me. I was asked what the best path for Microsoft certification would be for a Visual Basic programmer. I was forced to reply with "that was not a 140 character answer." This post aims to offer guidance to that process. Microsoft learning removed the VB paths to certification with the .NET ......

Processing Kinect v2 Color Streams in Parallel I've really been enjoying being a part of the Kinect for Windows Developer's Preview. The new hardware has some really impressive capabilities. However, with great power comes great system specs. Unfortunately, my little laptop that could is not 100% up to the task; I've had to get a little creative. The ......

As some of you may know, I recently accepted a position to teach an undergraduate course at my alma mater. Yesterday, I had my first day in an academic classroom. I immediately noticed a difference with the interactions between the students. They don't act like students in a professional training or conference talk. I wanted to use this opportunity ......

Now that teched has come and gone, I thought I would use this opportunity to do a little post-mortem on The Krewe app. It is one thing to test the app at home. It is a completely different animal to see how it responds in the environment TechEd creates. At a future time, I will list all the things that I would like to change with the app. At this point, ......

It appears my good buddies in The Krewe have created The Krewe Summer Blogging Challenge. The challenge is to write at least two blog posts a week for 12 weeks over the summer. Consider this challenge accepted. So, what can we expect coming up? I still have the Kinect v2 Alpha kit. Some of you may have seen me use it in talks. I need to make some major ......

I recently published version 2.0 of The Krewe Windows Phone app. The app is meant to facilitate social interactions at conferences, primarily TechEd North America. Version 1 of the app, published for last year, was primarily meant as a consumption app. We provided a list of events, a view of a Twitter feed, and the ability to view where other users ......

I, unfortunately and unwittingly, started a minor Twitter flame war earlier today. Of course, there is only one way that could turn out. The subject was on the importance of JavaScript. The original tweet was: “By 2017, JavaScript will be the most in-demand language skill in application development (AD).” — Forrester Research 2014 I will leave out who ......

As I was working on updates to The Krewe Windows Phone App, I ran into a very aggravating situation. I needed to blow away my Azure deployment project (more on a later date) and recreate a new one. When I did this, the project was named the ever-so-helpful "TheKreweAPI.Azure2". I know, pure poetry... After this happened, I took the time to rename everything ......

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